Ontario reports 3,128 new coronavirus cases, more than 1,300 people hospitalized

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Ontario is reporting 3,128 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 197,360.

Tuesday’s case count is a decrease from Monday’s which saw 3,270 new infections. On Sunday 2,964 new cases were reported and 3,363 on Saturday.

According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 778 cases were recorded in Toronto, 614 were in Peel Region, 213 in York Region, 172 in Durham Region, 151 in both Middlesex-London and Hamilton, 142 in Windsor-Essex County, 129 in Waterloo Region, 128 in Halton Region and 126 in Ottawa.

All other public health units in Ontario reported under 125 new cases in the provincial report.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 4,730 as 51 more deaths were reported.

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Ontario reported the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began with 1,347 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 157 from the previous day), with 352 patients in an intensive care unit (up by 19) and 245 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 51).

The government said 35,152 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 39,805 tests awaiting results. A total of 8,178,105 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, 50,030 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Ontarians, an increase of 7,607 doses from the previous day.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Tuesday was 9.4 per cent, down from Monday’s 9.7 and down from one week ago at also 9.7 per cent.

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Meanwhile, 166,790 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 84 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,015 from the previous day.

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Active cases in Ontario now stand at 25,840 — an all-time high, up from the previous day at 24,778, and up from last Tuesday at 19,891.

The seven-day average has now reached 3,065, also an all-time high, up from yesterday at 2,982 and up from last week at 2,236.

Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 96,459 people are male — an increase of 1,483 cases.
  • 99,684 people are female — an increase of 1,650 cases.
  • 25,543 people are 19 and under — an increase of 450 cases.
  • 71,852 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 1,140 cases.
  • 56,977 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 880 cases.
  • 28,568 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 456 cases.
  • 14,371 people are 80 and over — an increase of 203 cases.
  • The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

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Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,830 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is an increase of 35 deaths.

There are 216 current outbreaks in homes, a decrease of three from the previous day.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 1,097 active cases among long-term care residents and 1,101 active cases among staff — down by 63 cases and down by 39 cases, respectively, in the last day.

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